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  • 1950s

  • 1953

    Dick Voll B.A ’53, M.E. ’58 and his wife, Millie Marshall Voll ’58, look forward to celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. They split their time between Moro, Oregon, where Millie sees to their wheat ranching business, and Rancho Mirage, California. Dick, a retired coach and art teacher, paints watercolors and teaches occasional classes. Millie teaches quilting. They both love the outdoors. Through mission trips to Guatemala, Mexico, and Kosovo, they have seen the world while serving others.


    Arts & Sciences Reunion

    June 19–22, 2014


    Elsie Baker McFarland B.S. is the second-generation owner of Caro Amico—An Italian Cafe in Southwest Portland on Barbur Boulevard. The restaurant, founded by Elsie’s father in 1949, is believed to be the first in the city to serve authentic pizza and has been a popular gathering place for students and alumni for 65 years. Now semiretired, Elsie divides her time between a home in the San Juan Islands in Puget Sound and Portland. When in town, she often can be found greeting customers at the restaurant. Elsie’s former husband, Jim McFarland B.S. ’57, a retired rear admiral in the U.S. Navy, passed away in 2003.


    Herm Welch B.S. was one of the readers of William Stafford’s poetry when the Waldport Public Library joined in the statewide centennial celebration of Oregon’s most prolific poet this past winter. A student of Stafford’s in the 1950s, Welch retired in Waldport on the Oregon coast after 40 years in the insurance business. He has served on the Waldport City Council for 12 years, four of them as mayor. He is a lobbyist in Salem for Ceasefire Oregon, which advocates tighter gun registration laws.


    Lynn Mcguire Duniway B.A. has lived in the San Francisco Bay area for the past 50 years. After raising four children, she taught second through sixth grade in public schools for 23 years. In retirement, she plays tennis and bridge, takes painting and aerobics classes, and recently took a memoir-writing class. Learning about new cultures and visiting the area is her passion. Lynn and husband, Ralph, try to go abroad twice a year. Her first husband, Frank Springer B.S. ’58, passed away in 1999.

    Gerald Hall B.S. and Bettie Rae Knoblauch Hall B.S. have lived in Thousand Oaks, California, for the past 22 years. Jerry retired as an insurance company branch manager, and also retired after 30 years in the Naval Reserve. Bettie Rae retired recently after working in ESL and literacy tutoring programs in Thousand Oaks. The Halls have seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, ample reasons for trips to Texas, Washington, D.C., and France. They enjoy volunteer work with the Thousand Oaks police force, the local library, and adult tutoring.

    Elly Eymann Muiderman B.A. is living in Oregon after a 50-year hiatus in Michigan. She married fellow University of Michigan graduate student Anthony Muiderman in 1960. They raised four children in western Michigan. With three of their offspring now in Oregon, Elly and her husband came west, moving into a Eugene retirement community in 2011. Elly makes occasional visits to campus, where she finds students and the college thriving.


    Dorothy Bryant B.M. released a CD, “It Had to Be You: Songs for a Romantic Evening,” featuring herself on vocals, Ken Ochsner B.S. ’66 on string bass, and instrumentalists Katie Turner on keyboard and Earle Minor on sax. Contact Dorothy at to purchase a copy. She remains a busy singer and was featured in Tony Starlight’s Supperclub’s cabaret show in September 2013.

  • 1960s

  • 1960

    Class Correspondent: Roger Adams


    Robert “Bob” Cantin B.S. enjoys retirement at the Heritage Ranch Golf & Country Club in Fairview, Texas, after a 43-year communications and advertising career. Following graduation, he served as a U.S. Navy journalist on the staff of Senator John McCain’s father. An avid golfer, he won five golf club championships and three club couples titles. During his career, he published The Solheim Cup, a coffee-table book about professional golf’s most prestigious women’s team championship. When not golfing or fishing, he plays the accordion for concerts, private parties, and dances. Bob and his wife, Marsha, have been married 48 years and have two children and five grandchildren.


    Arts and Sciences Reunion

    June 19–22, 2014

    Class Correspondent: Margi Crain Brown

    Margaret Brown B.A. enjoys retirement and is busier than she expected. “Volunteering, particularly related to public education issues, has kept me involved in the community. Two years ago we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the overseas study program, so I am helping now with our 50th class reunion. I hope you can join us.”

    Stanley Clarke B.S. retired after 25 years as historian and archivist for Columbia Helicopters in Aurora, Oregon. He now devotes time to working with Portland’s Lone Fir Cemetery Foundation, in support of one of the city’s oldest cemeteries.

    Jay Coleman B.S. is chief financial officer of Queston, a company established to manufacture, sell, and deliver an advanced carbon-neutral wood pellet into the growing regional and global biomass market.


    Thomas Neff B.A. was profiled in the January 28, 2014, New York Times. As the Cold War ended in the late 1980s, Neff’s idea to let Moscow sell the uranium from its retired weapons to use for electric utilities in the United States gave Russians needed cash and gave Americans power. In December 2013, the two-decade program known as Megatons to Megawatts ended with the last shipment of uranium from Russia to the United States. Neff’s work in turning 20,000 Russian warheads into electricity has illuminated 1 in 10 American light bulbs. The New York Times noted that the atomic sale was “widely held to symbolize the end of the era of confrontation between the two major nuclear powers.” Keith Tillstrom B.S. and Marilee Borchert Tillstrom B.A. revisited the Odell Alumni Gatehouse, where they met on campus 50 years ago, in September 2013. In 1963, Keith was editor of the Pioneer Log newspaper, which was temporarily housed in the Gatehouse. A transfer student from Stephens College, Marilee had just finished a year in New York City at a fashion merchandising school. She came to the Log looking for magazines to cut up to illustrate handmade postcards. They were married in 1966, shortly before Keith was shipped off to Vietnam.


    Christopher Miller B.S. is active in U.S. professional soccer education, working with a broad range of ages from youth to adults. He retired after 45 years as a public school teacher and administrator. While at Lewis & Clark, he was a nine-time All-American in cross country and track and field.

    Carla Shafer B.S., cofounder of Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater, was one of three Northwest poets hosting Washington’s first Read In! Write On! Poets for Peace event on Veterans Day weekend, 2013. The event was part of a worldwide Poetathon for Peace, launched by World Poets Canada and Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater.


    Patricia Kessinger B.A., M.A.T. ’69 left Eugene and moved to Bend in summer 2013. She volunteers, substitutes in the local high schools, and enjoys living close to two sets of grandchildren.


    Arts & Sciences Reunion

    June 19–22, 2014

    Class Correspondent: Michael Homan

    David Grube B.A. retired after 35 years of practicing family medicine in Philomath, Oregon. “My wife and I have moved to Corvallis. I still teach medical students; my wife and I still sing in the choir!”

    Vicki Kreimeyer B.A. retired after a career in library administration. She enjoys serving on several boards, including the Board of Alumni at Lewis & Clark, and looks forward to the reunion in June.

    Mike Shiffer B.A. joins many of his classmates as a retired person. He remembers his years at Lewis & Clark as a time of growing, sharing, and fun. Life at L&C helped him develop a sense of community that continues to guide his life. He now serves as director of a local food bank that he cofounded 10 years ago. The food bank helps feed more than 600 families each month. He looks forward to his 45th reunion.

  • 1970s

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    Capturing Wildlife—With a Camera

    In Botswana, Jack Swenson B.A. ’79 and his photo-safari guests conceal themselves in an underground blind, observing doves and impala at a nearby watering hole.
  • 1972

    Class Correspondents: Beth Knudsen, Bob Oleson, and Ronald Gaither


    Class Correspondent: Becky Dimond

    Gregory Karpstein J.D. was honored by the Washington County Bar Association with its 2013 Professionalism Award for his contributions to the legal community and Washington County. He is a founding member of Karpstein & Verhulst in Hillsboro, Oregon.

    Janet Malloch B.A. worked in the paper industry for 35 years, focusing on recycling. “Now I manage projects in an analytical laboratory—thank you, Drs. [William] Randall and [Curtis] Keedy!” She and her husband Paul Morris have two children, “one at American University and another graduated and living in San Francisco.”

    Pamela Nelson-Munson B.A. is in her fourth year serving as pastor at Ashland’s First United Methodist Church. She received a Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Grant and traveled to southern Ireland to attend a three-month cookery school in April 2013. Her husband, Brian, is teaching law part time at Southern Oregon University. Her grown children are Kaaren (family medicine in Oakland), Emma (attorney in Novato), and BrittaStina, a student. She has a grandson, Noak, “named for my Swedish grandfather who immigrated to Oakland in the early 1900s.”


    Arts & Sciences Reunion

    June 19–22, 2014

    Jan Friesen Pearce B.A. retired after 36 years of teaching in Lake Oswego Public Schools. She pursues her hobbies: music and reading, volunteering at both a Southeast Portland soup kitchen and a small village in Honduras, and traveling to interesting locales such as New Orleans and the Southwest. She is helping “plan the 40th (gulp!) reunion” and hopes to see you all there!

    Martha Shilling B.S. retired from teaching first grade in Tigard, Oregon. She spends her time gardening, quilting, hiking, reading, volunteering, traveling, and hanging out with friends. Her Leonberger dog, Annie, is a constant companion.

    Mike Stocks B.S. writes that he is still trying to figure out what he wants to do when he grows up. He spent many years writing software used to control equipment for the manufacture of semiconductors. Now he is becoming a Web designer. Do you need a Web presence? “See me at the reunion.”


    John Bennett J.D. a shareholder and member of the board of directors of Bullivant Houser Bailey, was named a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Bennett has also been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014.

    C. Akin Blitz J.D. received the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police Karlyn Campbell Award in recognition of his decades of distinguished service as legal advisor to the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police and as an effective advocate for police agencies and their leadership teams.


    Jack Hoffman J.D. was appointed to the 2013 board of directors of the Arts Council of Lake Oswego.

    Martin Waugh B.S., a renowned photographer, led a program called Liquid Sculpture though the Yaquina Art Association Photographers. He used images to illustrate and demonstrate sophisticated setups, equipment, and props used to create his liquid sculptures.


    Lance Caldwell J.D. was named a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Caldwell is a sole practitioner specializing in federal white-collar criminal defense, expert services, and consulting. His practice also includes civil and criminal case mediation services.


    Thomas Gerken J.D. was elected to serve a three-year term as District 17 representative on the board of governors of the Ohio State Bar Association. Gerken is a former president of the Hocking County Bar Association and served as a judge of the Hocking County Common Pleas Court for more than 23 years. He is also a former Vinton County Common Pleas judge.


    Class Correspondent: Maggie Englund

    Michele Longo Eder J.D. was appointed by Governor John Kitzhaber to serve on the board of trustees of Oregon State University.

    Kathleen Gebhardt B.A. is a Boulder, Colorado, attorney and executive director of the nonprofit Children’s Voices. She serves on many education-related boards and committees to advocate for better laws that benefit students. She has five children, one of whom is a teacher.

    K. William Gibson J.D. received the 2013 Samuel S. Smith Award, the highest honor bestowed by the American Bar Association Law Practice Management Section. The award recognizes those who have demonstrated outstanding lifetime achievement in the field of law practice management.

    Julie Jones Manning B.A. will complete a four-year term as mayor of Corvallis in December 2014. She is vice president for marketing, public relations, and development at Samaritan Health Services.

    Mark Tratos J.D., founding shareholder of the Las Vegas office of Greenberg Traurig, was named chair of the National Judicial College board of trustees. Tratos is vice chair of the Lewis & Clark Board of Trustees and chair of the Lewis & Clark Law School Board of Visitors.

  • 1980s

  • 1980

    Arthur van Uchelen B.A. works for Boeing, primarily on their jets’ avionic and electrical problems.


    Class Correspondents: Cindy Thompson and Lisa Grill Dodson

    Charles Blanchard B.S. served four and a half years as the general counsel of the U.S. Air Force. He will leave federal service and become a partner in the Washington, D.C., firm Arnold & Porter, with a practice focused on national security law. At the end of his tenure at the Air Force, he was awarded the Declaration for Extraordinary Civilian Service—the Air Force’s highest honor for civilians.

    James “Jed” E. Emerson B.A. has focused on impact investing in the past few years. He coauthored the first book on the topic and has been a leading advisor to high- net-worth families. “I help invest their net worth (market rate and philanthropic) for maximizing financial returns with social/environmental value creation. Traveling too much, but otherwise, loving the journey!”

    Wes Lawrence B.A. started Environmental Solutions, a renewable energy equity fund, and a consulting business in Sisters, Oregon, in July 2013. Wes and his wife, Karen, have three children: Kelsey, 26; Chase, 16; and Trent, 14.

    Mark Rodgers J.D. was named a 2012 Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer Magazine. Rodgers and his law partner, Michael Garbow, received the award for obtaining compensation for 10 school employees who suffered post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the Red Lake High School shooting tragedy of 2005. He is the managing partner at Rodgers & Garbow in Bemidji, Minnesota, and concentrates his practice on workers’ compensation and personal injury law.

    Phil Schiliro J.D. has temporarily returned to Washington, D.C., to help Democrats pitch the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to voters in the 2014 midterm elections. He is also responsible for coordinating with Congress and executive agencies as the Obama administration continues to put the law’s wide-ranging policies into effect and for helping to develop communications and legislative strategies on any potential changes to the law. Schiliro served as President Obama’s legislative director until 2011 and helped campaign for the passage of the ACA. He was one of two in the White House whom President Obama honored with a pen from the set he used to sign the ACA into law in 2010.

    Sarah Supahan-Harding B.S. “Living with my second husband in a beautiful area above the Trinity River. Started the new job in July 2013 and loving it. About to have my 14th grandchild (officially my sixth biological grandchild, with eight loved and assorted others—step, adopted). My youngest child (Luke, 24) will be married in June 2014. And all is good in my world.”

    Cindy Thompson B.S., in addition to producing events for corporations, nonprofit organizations, and communities, recently developed a product for the event industry. Her new company, Circle T Designs, creates and manufactures stylish and functional holsters that hold walkie-talkies and cell phones for event planners and producers so they can be “hands free” at events.


    Class Correspondent: Jamie Hackel Hyams


    Kimberly Conyngham B.A. joined JPMorgan Chase in 2012 as an executive director in the global trade business. Kim and her husband have two children—a daughter at Columbia University (class of 2015) and a son in 10th grade.

    Richard Whittemore J.D. was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. He was recognized as a Litigation Star in the 2014 edition of Benchmark Litigation. Whittemore is shareholder and on the board of directors at Bullivant Houser Bailey.


    Class Correspondent:

    Mark Peterson

    Ahmed Al Sayegh B.S. is the chairman of Masdar, the CEO of Dolphin Energy Limited, and the vice chairman of Emirates Wildlife Society. Al Sayegh is now a prominent businessman in Abu Dhabi. Since graduating with an economics degree, he has used his career to support many environmental initiatives.

    Michael Mason J.D. received the Henry Hewitt Access to Justice Award in recognition of his substantial contributions to legal aid for low-income Oregonians. Mason was cited for his two decades of commitment to access to justice. He has served as board president of Legal Aid Services of Oregon and the Oregon Law Center.

    Max Miller Jr. J.D. was recognized by the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners and the Multnomah County Citizen Involvement Committee with the Multnomah County Volunteer Award for his service on the Regional Arts and Culture Council, the second time he has been so honored. Miller chairs Tonkon Torp’s environmental and natural resources practice group.


    Arts & Sciences Reunion

    June 19–22, 2014

    Class Correspondent: Susan Corlett


    Jeffrey Eden J.D., shareholder in the Portland office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, joined the Product Liability Advisory Council (PLAC) as a sustaining member. Sustaining membership in PLAC is through invitation only and members must maintain a substantial part of their practice in product liability or appellate matters exclusively for defendants. Michael Greenlick J.D. was appointed by Governor John Kitzhaber to fill the vacancy on the Multnomah County Circuit Court bench created by the appointment of Judge Michael McShane J.D. ’88 to the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. Greenlick closed his private practice of the last 18 years as a criminal defense lawyer in state and federal courts.


    Class Correspondents: Sally Dadmon Bixby and David Lawrence

    Brigitte Dortmund B.A. had a December 2013 show, New Paintings, at Pulliam Fine Art in Portland.


    Dr. Jeff Absalon B.S. joined the Board of Directors of KIDS Center, Central Oregon’s regional child abuse intervention center. Absalon is an internal medicine physician and administrator at St. Charles Health System in Bend.

    Carla Kelley J.D. was elected to the Urban League of Portland’s board of directors. Kelley is a member of Miller Nash’s business group, where she works with clients on government and regulatory issues.


    Jolie Russo J.D. was elected president of the Oregon Chapter of the Federal Bar Association for 2013–14. Russo continues in her position as senior staff attorney with the U.S. District Court of Oregon.


    Arts & Sciences Reunion

    June 19–22, 2014

    Class Correspondent: Andrea Ball

    Carla Cavenago-Salazar B.A. was the 2012 Portland Business Journal CFO of the Year Award Medium Private Company Honoree.

    Lisa Harper B.A. built a successful small business in Beaverton, but then the family farm in Connecticut needed a resident. “I sold everything, said goodbye to our beloved PDX, and moved east. Kimarie Wolf ’88 drove with me, visiting dog show friends across the country. Connecticut is beautiful, but it’s hard not to miss the can-do optimism of our Lewis & Clark family. Looking forward to our reunion this summer!”

    Elizabeth Prato B.A. is currently editing The Night, and the Rain, and the River, a fiction anthology to be released by Forest Avenue Press in May 2014. Excerpts from her memoir in progress have been published by The Rumpus website and by Subtropics magazine. Her essays and short stories have been published in numerous literary journals. Writing about herself in the third person makes her feel like a goof.

    Jackson Shea B.S. has become more involved in alumni of color activities and recently participated in a professional networking session with students. “It gave me a chance to Chronicle-Spring 2014: Class Notes Page 14 of 34 3/27/14 10,158 words (last spring: 9300) impress upon them the power of a liberal arts education with a focus in communication for someone in a technology field.” Shea is very excited to be participating in the planning committee for the upcoming 25th reunion. “Reflecting on our time and the passing of Nelson Mandela [released from prison in 1990] was truly chilling. Hope to see many of my fellow alumni and share in the many great activities we’re planning, but the greatest of all will simply be the chance to reconnect with our collective pasts and sharing our collective futures!”

  • 1990s

  • 1990

    Class Correspondent: Zena

    Ann Patel B.S. is the executive director of the Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding and an adjunct lecturer and fellow at the Center for International Conflict Resolution, Columbia University.


    Class Correspondent: Laura Mundt

    Kimberli Ransom B.A., a professional photographer, is documenting each step of her breast cancer treatment in a series of photo shoots called Finding Beauty In Cancer. HooplaHa has filmed a video on this experience, and her story has been reported by the Huffington Post and in the local Portland press by KATU and Portland Parent. You can follow her story on her blog,


    Ron Podmore M.E. spoke on why back-to-school supplies “don’t have to cost an arm and a leg” with Margaret Larson (former NBC anchor) in the Seattle market KING 5 affiliate. Podmore serves as a committee member (1 of 9 out of 400 applicants) with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in Washington, D.C. He is working on revision of standards for the College to Careers/Careers & Technology Education component. He notes, “I am honored and thrilled to be a part of this committee that meetsin Washington, D.C., every six to eight weeks for the 2013–14 academic year… . I couldn’t have done it without the fine education I received under Professors Bill Brelje and Barbara Schirmer.”

    Phillip Wong B.A. is an advocate with Oregon Food Bank, lobbying for state policies that reduce hunger and poverty. He has been a government relations and public affairs professional for over 15 years, working on a wide range of issues ranging from poverty to health care, tax reform, land use/transportation, equity, and economic justice. Wong is a native Portlander and grew up in the city’s Southeast area. He is the first person in his family to go to college, attending with the support of the GI Bill through his enlistment with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. He serves as a 2013–14 mentor for fellows from the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon.


    Class Correspondents: Erik Thorin and Marcye Mokier


    Arts & Sciences Reunion

    June 19–22, 2014

    Stacey Kim B.A. has worked in the public affairs office at that other Portland college— Reed—since June 2009. As Reed’s managing editor, Kim is in charge of the people and processes that create Reed’s print and Web marketing materials. She lives in North Portland with her twins, Maddie and Riley, who are in a Spanish-immersion second grade class at Beach Elementary. To her great surprise, she has become an avid runner, completing both the Hood to Coast Relay and the Portland Marathon in 2013. She is enjoying reconnecting with Lewis & Clark by serving as a reunion volunteer.


    Honorable Cheryl Albrecht J.D. received the Larry K. Amburgey Commitment to Public Interest Law Award at the law school’s annual PILP Auction on March 15, 2014. The award was established in 2011 to recognize law graduates who demonstrate long- term commitment to the school’s public interest law program.

    Nerissa Koehn B.S. is the associate program director of the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana, a newly established medical residency program in Missoula.

    Raphael Peck B.A. is president of Fanatics Apparel, the world’s largest online retailer of officially licensed sports merchandise. He comes to this position after four years at Oakley, recently as a chief merchandising officer.


    Class Correspondent: Jo Becker

    Douglas Morris J.D. was elected managing partner at Ater Wynne. Morris’ practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, securities, and general corporate representation of private and publicly held high-technology and high-growth companies. He chaired the business department from 2009 to 2013.

    Chanaka Yatawara B.A. has run the United Motors group as group CEO/executive director for the past 10 years. The company is listed in the Colombo, Sri Lanka, stock market with a turnover of about $150 million and is in the top 25 listed companies in the country. “I had a great experience at Lewis & Clark where, more than anything, I learned about myself and developed immense confidence.”


    Mitchell Baker J.D. was named managing partner of Fisher & Phillips’ Portland office. With extensive experience enforcing noncompetition agreements, prosecuting Trade Secrets Act violations, defending employers accused of discrimination and retaliation, and representing employers in wage and hour class action cases, Baker has been instrumental in growing the firm’s practice in the region. He is a frequent speaker on labor and employment law matters and is a regular contributor to theOregon Daily Journal of Commerce. Baker also devotes a considerable amount of time to representing victims of domestic violence through Legal Aid Services of Oregon.

    Holly Somers J.D., formerly presiding administrative law judge for Oregon’s Workers’ Compensation Board, was appointed by Governor John Kitzhaber and confirmed by the state senate as board chair. As chair, Somers serves as the administrator of the agency and as one of the board’s five full-time members.


    Andrew Beckham B.A., M.A.T. ’01 has gained national media attention inWine & Spirits andForbes for his use of the ancient practice of making wine in amphorae, or terra-cotta vessels. He started throwing his own amphorae and experimenting with the clay composition to create a safe and efficient wine vessel. In addition to owning Beckham Estate Vineyard with his wife, Beckham is the head art teacher at Beaverton (Oregon) High School.

    Christine Bernsten B.A. has been appointed Transformation Portfolio Program Manager for Health Share of Oregon, a coordinated care organization serving Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties.

    Christopher Neumann J.D., shareholder in the environmental law and litigation practice groups of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, was reappointed to Colorado Governor Hickenlooper’s Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission. Neumann currently serves as chair of the commission. His term runs through August 1, 2016.


    Class Correspondents: Nicole Miranda and Mike Skrzynski

    Heather Guthrie J.D. was named to the 2013 Five-Star Professional List in Estate Planning by Portland Monthly magazine, the third year she has been so honored. She is a partner with Dunn Carney.

    Laura Maffei J.D., shareholder in the Portland office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, received an Outstanding Legal Service Award from the Northwest Pulp & Paper Association (NWPPA). This was the first award presented by the association for providing more than 10 years of outstanding legal service to NWPPA.

  • 2000s

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    Saving Sun Bears in Borneo

    Jocelyn Stokes B.A. ’07 launched the Survival of the Sun Bears awareness campaign and documentary film project through her media company, Wild & Stoked Productions.
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    Oregon’s 2014 Superintendent of the Year

    Growing up in southwest Oregon, Don Grotting Ed. Ad. ’00 and his four siblings lived in a house with no indoor plumbing until he was a sophomore at Coquille High School.
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    Chair of the Oregon Lottery Commission

    Elisa Dozono J.D. ’06 has never relied on luck to advance her career. Instead, she’s always believed in good old-fashioned hard work—along with highly developed multitasking skills.
  • 2000

    Class Correspondent: Sierra Hutchinson

    Liza Rietz B.A. taught herself how to sew after graduating from Lewis & Clark with a sociology/anthropology major and then entered the fashion world. Reitz now has a branch of her line in Portland’s Nob Hill neighborhood. Her vision for her line is to keep clothes artistic, “made-to-fit,” and in small production scale. Reitz’s motto is, “Do it if it’s fun and work hard in the process.”

    Jeremy Skinner B.A. is the new library director of Curry Public Library in Gold Beach, Oregon, his hometown. He previously served more than 15 years in the Special Collections and Archives at Lewis & Clark’s Watzek Library. During his tenure at the college, he earned two master’s degrees and coauthored three books and countless articles, exhibit catalogs, finding aids, and informational material. He also headed the steering team of Northwest Digital Archives and served as a member of many committees and organizations.


    Class Correspondent: Katie Clarkson


    Yumi O’Neil J.D. was elected president of the Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation for 2013–14. O’Neil works in the legal and regulatory affairs department at Moda Health.

    Neil Weare B.A. founded We the People Project, a nonprofit working to achieve equal rights and representation for the nearly five million U.S. citizens living in U.S. territories and Washington, D.C. See Marriages and Unions.


    Maya Crawford J.D. began her three-year term as board director for the Multnomah Bar Association on July 1, 2013. She is an attorney with Legal Aid Services of Oregon.

    Sayuri Sasaki Hemann B.A. can visit her three-dimensional underwater exhibit, Tidepools, at the Portland International Airport on Concourse D (home to international flights), where it is permanently featured. The work is dedicated to those affected by the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami. A studio art major, Hemann credits Lewis & Clark with allowing her to explore a variety of interests before following her passion. “I especially loved taking drawing classes from Debra Beers,” Hemann said. “I took technical lighting and drafting classes, which helped me create my senior art project. I also appreciated being surrounded by friends with so many different interests. I would never get that from going to an art school.”


    Arts & Sciences Reunion

    June 19–22, 2014

    Class Correspondent

    Diana Wiener Rosengard

    Magdalena Cohen B.A. starts year seven at the Riverside County Public Defender’s Office. After celebrating her 30th birthday by hiking the Inca Trail with Cassandra Lydon B.A. and Jennifer Slaton B.A. ’05, she looks forward to new adventures and helping plan the class of 2004’s 10th reunion. She hopes to see you all there!

    Diana Wiener Rosengard B.A., J.D. ’09 kicked off January 2013 with a new career. After almost three years working in insurance defense litigation, she left the law and moved into Web technology. She now works at the Portland offices of Acquia. She works with Amye Scavarda B.A. ’07 and Grant Gaudet B.A. ’05, proof that you don’t need a computer science degree to work in digital technology. Her husband, David Rosengard, former area director of Forest, is in his second year at Lewis & Clark Law School, where he focuses on animal law. They live 15 minutes from campus with their housemates,

    Joseph Reed B.A. ’13 and Nicholas Erickson B.A. ’13, and their four cats. Diana is really excited to see everyone at the reunion in June 2014.

    Jessica Stern B.A. returned to Portland after a year of travel in West Africa and Europe. She is currently consulting in the arts and culture community and looks forward to reconnecting with fellow classmates this summer at the 10-year reunion.

    Terra Tolley B.A. has used her sociology/anthropology degree “as a disaster anthropologist in the Gulf of Mexico post-Katrina and the BP oil spill.”


    Nathan Kabanuck B.A. was a contestant on the CMT show Sweet Home Alabama, a reality TV show based on finding love. He was one of the final two chosen to win contestant Kelsey Smith’s heart.

    Parna Mehrbani J.D., shareholder in Lane Powell, was elected chair of the trade names subcommittee for the International Trademark Association, a nonprofit membership association dedicated to the support and advancement of trademarks and related intellectual property as elements of fair and effective commerce. Mehrbani has been an active member of the committee since 2009.


    Flavia Arsenault B.A. raised more than $4,600 for a new venture on Kickstarter, surpassing her fundraising goal of $3,000 with the help of nearly 120 backers. With these funds, she plans to print “UCards: Letterpressed Micro Moments” to increase “unexpectedly positive and conversation-inspiring” interactions. Read more about the project on

    Chelsie Yount-Andre B.A. was awarded a Dissertation Fieldwork Grant and Osmundsen Award from the Wenner-Gren Foundation to carry out ethnographic and linguistic research in Senegalese households in Paris and Dakar. Her research explores socialization into economic moralities through language and food-sharing practices in transnational Senegalese families. This fieldwork will provide data for her Ph.D. dissertation in anthropology at Northwestern University and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris.


    Class Correspondent

    Aron Phillips

    Merrill Maiano J.D. was honored with the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Public Service Spotlight for her volunteer work with Oregon Food Bank’s Nutrition Education Program. An attorney at Wyse Kadish, Maiano’s practice focuses on estate planning and administration. She attended culinary school and worked in the restaurant business before attending law school. Maiano volunteers periodically to teach program participants the skills necessary to make healthy and affordable meals in their own homes.


    Class Correspondent: Maura Walsh

    Rebecca Clayton B.A. was inspired to enroll in a program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies to receive a master’s degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages after tutoring at the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization in Portland. Her graduate studies included two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in South Africa, where she started a small library and taught English in a small village. She is pursuing a career teaching refugees and immigrants in Santa Rosa, California.

    Amanda Philips B.A., M.A.T ’11 qualified for the Boston Marathon after winning the Camarillo Marathon in early January 2014. Philips beat the qualifying standard by 43 minutes, bested the top male finisher by 14 minutes, and was 32 minutes faster than the female runner-up.


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    Benjamin Bateman B.A. is a campaign specialist at Indiegogo, an international crowd funding site where anyone can raise money for film, art, small businesses, or other projects. He focuses on promoting strategies and tactics to help the campaigns raise funds more effectively. Bateman has worked with some of Indiegogo’s largest campaigns.

    Mac Cooper B.A. is illustrating for a long-form comic book project/graphic novel titled “White Knuckle Birthday (

    Alec Kerins B.A. is a recent resident of Denver, where he teaches 11th-grade physics at KIPP Denver Collegiate High School. Upon graduation, he joined Teach for America as a 2009 Bay Area corps member and taught 9th- and 10th-grade biology. After finishing his corps commitment, Kerins moved to Helena, Montana, and served as the director of education at ExplorationWorks, Montana’s Science Center. When not lesson planning and grading, he spends his time exploring the Colorado mountains and the area’s many craft breweries. He is excited to relive college life during his five-year reunion this summer.

    Cassady Osterweil B.A. settled in Boulder, Colorado, almost three years ago after spending time in Australia and San Francisco. Osterweil is a business administrator and co-owner at Namaste Solar by day and an avid participant of Oregon Trail reenactments at night. You can expect to see her in full pioneer garb at her five-year reunion in June.

    Shane Rivera B.A. is finishing his second year teaching math in Cleveland through Teach for America. After graduation, he spent two years doing missionary work in South Africa and Botswana with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is excited for the five-year reunion and hopes to see you there. And yes, he still gives out free hugs!

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    Brad Elkins B.A. is the national political director at the Truman National Security Project and Center for National Policy, where he designs and implements the Truman Project’s strategy to build political power and influence. He consults and advises federal and state candidates on national security messaging, organizing veterans and military families, and effective campaign strategies and tactics. In 2012, Elkins worked with more than 80 Congressional campaigns and with 21 freshman members of Congress to transition them and their staffs to Capitol Hill. When not working to grow America’s next generation of leaders on national security, Elkins can be found cycling the streets of Washington, D.C., a passion he discovered while living in Portland (a place he likes to call home, though he is a native of Pasadena, California).


    Class Correspondent: Josh Cohn

    Ryan Bubriski B.A., Will Fortini B.A., and Zac Tobias B.A. have seen their mushroom start-up, the Portland Mushroom Company, expand fourfold as of January 2014. This has enabled Bubriski and Fortini to drop their part-time jobs, while Tobias continues his work as a neuroscience lab tech at Lewis & Clark. The Portland Mushroom Company won first place in Lewis&Clark’s 2013 Venture Competition,as detailed in the winter 2014 issue of the Chronicle.

    Molly Honoré J.D. was appointed to the board of the U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society. Honoré is a member of Tonkon Torp’s litigation department, where she handles contract, commercial, and real estate disputes, as well as civil rights and constitutional law matters.

    Juliette Nolan B.A. joined Caroline Lovell, founder of the nonprofit Women’s Wisdom Initiative, on a five week trip called “Shelter to Shelter,” where they brought voice, healing, and wisdom to survivors of domestic violence and other forms of repression. At each shelter, they presented residents with homemade post- cards created by other women in similar circumstances elsewhere, and then led art workshops to create more inspirational traveling postcards, which they would deliver to the next shelter along their journey. They traveled from Oregon, through Wyoming, Illinois, South Dakota, Kansas, West Virginia, North Carolina, Texas, and New Mexico.

    Alisa Tanaka B.A. produces social media content at TEDxSalford in the United Kingdom.


    Corey O’Hara B.A., playwright, and Nate Cohen B.A., director, produced a new play, Middle Names, for Portland’s 2014 Fertile Ground Festival. They successfully raised $4,027, surpassing their original goal of $3,000 on Kickstarter. Middle Names focuses on three relative strangers brought together by the death of a mutual friend. Jahnavi Caldwell-Green B.A. ’12, Brandon Cieslak CAS ’15, and Liz Ghiz acted in the play. Hannah Brunner CAS ’14 and Trevor Sargent CAS ’16 were crew members for the production.

    Kristina Williams, Lewis & Clark’s most decorated NCAA women’s basketball player, was recently awarded an NCAA Women’s Enhancement Program Postgraduate Scholarhip to pursue a master’s degree in sport and exercise studies at Smith College. She will also serve as a graduate assistant for the women’s basketball program.

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